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Girls Rule

From local fashion designers to roller-derby divas, these sassy women-owned businesses put the “pow!” back in girl power.

» Funky, original style and a delightful dash of irreverence make Wolfbait & B-girls the place to shop for locally designed goods. Opened in 2006 by Shirley Kienitz and Jenny Stadler, the shop is a relative veteran in up-and-coming Logan Square and features stylish products from 170-plus local talents (don’t miss the owners’ private labels being made while you shop). 3131 W. Logan Blvd., 312-698-8685, www.wolfbaitchicago.com

» With three young girls to dress, Jodi Hughes knows the importance of helping tweens and teens feel confident. At her Roscoe Village boutique, Crush, she unites brands like Hoody Buddy, Gypsy Daisy and Sarah Chloe jewelry to deliver both basic and trendy pieces that are daughter-adored and mom-approved. Crush also has a selection of cootie-free clothing for boys. 2138 W. Roscoe St., 773-661-9481, www.crushonroscoe.com

» Thia Penta—aka Wreck N Shrew of the Manic Attackers roller-derby team—runs Rebel Rebel, a one-stop shop for rad roller looks and rink-rash protection from brands like Gumball Poodle and Triple Eight, not to mention cutting-edge goods for ice-skating, poi, broomball and more. 2048 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-276-9470, www.rebelderby.com

» Speaking of roller derby, Broken Cherry owner Rémey Rozin is a former competitor and lends her moniker to this “rock ’n’ roll lifestyle boutique.” The inventory runs the gamut from diaper bags to motorcycle gear, including rockabilly dresses from Iron Fist and Folter, and tattoo-inspired tees and hoodies. 1736 W. North Ave., 773-278-4000, www.brokencherry.com